A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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Going phishing – with a twist
Friday, 2 Mar, 2012 – 11:16 | Comments Off
Going phishing – with a twist

I run Norton’s regularly, I don’t click on strange links, and I’m the first to Google suspicious emails and post what I discover on Facebook in hopes it will help someone else.
Yet, despite all that,  …

A SWAT for getting all a-Twitter about nothing
Thursday, 1 Mar, 2012 – 17:13 | Comments Off
A SWAT for getting all a-Twitter about nothing

I know the folks who are all verklempt because NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski was tweeting Monday night while the Daytona 500 was red-flagged.
There the same ones who were wringing their hands once upon a time …

Forcing myself into little circles
Thursday, 21 Jul, 2011 – 11:57 | 2 Comments
Forcing myself into little circles

I’ve come to the conclusion recently that my perfect friend would be a geeky food-allergic liberal with quirky sense of humor, an obsessive interest in education issues and a tolerance for cute crap my kids …

I can remember. I simply choose not to
Wednesday, 20 Jul, 2011 – 17:00 | Comments Off
I can remember. I simply choose not to

There’s a 30-year-old fishing tackle box on top of my refrigerator that I keep moving from house to house, though for the life of me I don’t know why. It’s covered with a thick layer …

A SWAT for trying to control others’ photo albums
Thursday, 23 Jun, 2011 – 17:09 | Comments Off
A SWAT for trying to control others’ photo albums

Somewhere along the line, taking a picture of a child other than your own became equated with peddling kiddy porn.
I’ve been scolded at birthday parties and confronted at school even though my lens was pointed …

Why butt kicking has never worked
Wednesday, 22 Jun, 2011 – 16:51 | Comments Off

I’ve always been convinced I’m living in the wrong era, but I used to think I entered the world too late.
I should have been born in the 40s so I could have felt the rush …

The legacy of a life ended too soon
Thursday, 21 Apr, 2011 – 12:45 | Comments Off

The guys are not squeamish about the news – there’s really no way a kid can be growing up in a military community, where events continents away can flare and invade your life. So …

A pox on both your houses!
Friday, 8 Apr, 2011 – 14:31 | Comments Off
A pox on both your houses!

About a week ago,  Texas Republicans had a good idea – yeah, it’s been known to happen.
That’s when U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert introduced House Resolution 1297, the “Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act.” It now …

Reaching shutdown shutdown
Thursday, 7 Apr, 2011 – 14:09 | One Comment
Reaching shutdown shutdown

After a few hours this morning of watching various channels for word on the budget the way he usually watches for news from Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya, Dad had had enough. “Whatever happens will happen,” …

Learning the electronic birds and bees – the hard way
Wednesday, 30 Mar, 2011 – 17:33 | Comments Off
Learning the electronic birds and bees – the hard way

I still don’t think that “sexting” – sending a suggestive or explicit picture via cell phone – is crime that rises to the level of lock-them-up-and-throw-away-the key, particularly when the perpetrators all are minors.
But neither …

A SWAT for requiring over-the-counter prescriptions
Thursday, 17 Mar, 2011 – 15:43 | Comments Off
A SWAT for requiring over-the-counter prescriptions

As a former speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates was fond of saying, “fat possums travel at night.” That translated roughly to “watch out for legislation trying to sneak through in the waning …

Just whose rights are at risk here?
Monday, 14 Mar, 2011 – 15:55 | Comments Off
Just whose rights are at risk here?

Until today, I thought “Fight for Your Right to Party” was just an old 80s rock song. I never dreamed that holiday celebrations – or the lack thereof – would draw actual protests.
That was before …

Epiblogue: Army morale spending and skyrocketing youth sports costs
Tuesday, 1 Mar, 2011 – 10:18 | Comments Off
Epiblogue: Army morale spending and skyrocketing youth sports costs

Just as I was in a mood to rant about proposals to cut Army morale spending anyway, they were handing out papers at last night’s soccer game alerting parents that registration is open for tee …

If you think MWR spending is frivolous come spend a week with us
Sunday, 27 Feb, 2011 – 16:56 | One Comment
If you think MWR spending is frivolous come spend a week with us

Listen to Joe “You lie” Wilson, for the South Carolina congressman is speaking the truth.
“While demands for increased effectiveness and efficiency are to be expected, I fear that misperceptions about the absence of a …

Venting should not be socially accepted
Wednesday, 16 Feb, 2011 – 16:12 | Comments Off
Venting should not be socially accepted

I’ll admit to occasionally rolling my eyes at someone’s back after a frustrating conversation.
I’ll cop to longing for a voodoo doll so I could return the torture an annoying person was inflicting on me.
But those …

Hoping for an end to the green pastures on the content farm
Monday, 14 Feb, 2011 – 19:21 | Comments Off
Hoping for an end to the green pastures on the content farm

The latest out of Mountain View is news good enough to make me consider switching to Chrome.
According to Forbes, Google is creating an extension to its browser that would let users block sites from their …

Just because the rant’s legal doesn’t make it right
Thursday, 3 Feb, 2011 – 17:23 | One Comment
Just because the rant’s legal doesn’t make it right

It’s a classic case of the cliche about two wrongs not making a right. Make it three wrongs in this case.
A California high school student, who, according to Mashable was upset over his homework load, …

3 million reasons you should care about Net Neutrality
Wednesday, 2 Feb, 2011 – 16:39 | Comments Off
3 million reasons you should care about Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality. Are you asleep yet?
You’re not alone if the mere mention of the words makes you drowsy. A lot of people don’t even understand what it is, including a conservative blogger I ran across …

Amazing toddlers who can make their own breakfast!
Wednesday, 26 Jan, 2011 – 17:05 | Comments Off
Amazing toddlers who can make their own breakfast!

I am an awful, awful mom.
Just like thousands of other 2- to 5-year-olds worldwide, Boots cannot tie his shoes. He can’t make breakfast, though he can make quesadillas or Sunbutter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. …

It’s not the price of news. It’s the price of everything else online
Monday, 24 Jan, 2011 – 17:29 | One Comment
It’s not the price of news. It’s the price of everything else online

It  sounds frivolous to compare the New York Times to a children’s Web site and instant movie access, but those are the economic facts at my house.
Club Penguin: $12 a month – $6 per kid. …

You can’t beat ‘em so might as well join ‘em
Sunday, 23 Jan, 2011 – 19:44 | Comments Off
You can’t beat ‘em so might as well join ‘em

Looking for a social media strategist? There’s one particular group that recently did an exceptional job of compiling the important information, explaining without talking down, laying out policies and backing them up with salient case …

You spent six months unplugged and you did WHAT?!
Wednesday, 19 Jan, 2011 – 17:11 | 3 Comments
You spent six months unplugged and you did WHAT?!

It’s an event almost as foreseeable as predicting that someone this week will call today’s kids “the dumbest generation”:
A family will “unplug” – shed all electronics for an arbitrary period. Let’s say, oh, six months. …

The myth of the benefits of the commissary
Sunday, 16 Jan, 2011 – 17:22 | Comments Off
The myth of the benefits of the commissary

The guys have an unfortunate addiction: Graham crackers and milk for breakfast. We could go through a box every three days, at $2 per “on sale” at the commissary.
I thought that price was bad until …

Yes, what we say matters
Monday, 10 Jan, 2011 – 17:54 | Comments Off

There’s a heaping helping of irony in the fact that Saturday’s assassination attempt on an Arizona congresswoman by a man associates say is “very disturbed” has forced the right into the same box Muslims have …

Raise Tricare co-pays? Give us something to pay for first
Sunday, 21 Nov, 2010 – 20:03 | One Comment
Raise Tricare co-pays? Give us something to pay for first

Everyone loves to look at the military’s health insurance with envy. It’s free! They don’t pay an arm and a leg like civilians do!
And when the budget recommendations come, implementing Tricare premiums, deductibles or co-pays …

A SWAT for an offer that’s really not
Thursday, 18 Nov, 2010 – 19:09 | Comments Off
A SWAT for an offer that’s really not

I know drugstores.com. Know it well, in fact, since moving to Fort Irwin, a place where even over-the-counter kids medications can be hard to come by.
Several times a year I load up the cybercart with …

Teeth-cleaning gum? I want it NOW
Friday, 12 Nov, 2010 – 12:47 | 2 Comments
Teeth-cleaning gum? I want it NOW

Teeth-cleaning gum? Oh my God, is this ever the answer to my prayers.
It sounds almost too good to be true and I feared at first that it might be because most Google paths lead back …

Scary stats: Kids spend more time with TV than with preschool
Tuesday, 9 Nov, 2010 – 20:13 | One Comment
Scary stats: Kids spend more time with TV than with preschool

I don’t believe much in child-rearing absolutes, except that I absolutely banned Big Guy from watching TV before he was 2.
I am absolutely certain that ban was ignored. Though the baby sitter repeatedly denied it, …